This post at Engadget was interesting because it gave a snapshot of several editors opinions.
I think things can be summed up like this, from my own look at the devices:
- If you’re a current BlackBerry user, this is a huge win. Welcome to the smartphone era. A modern phone that looks mostly on-par with the others.
- If you’re not a current BB user, I’m not sure there’s anything compelling here compared to the other platforms. Maybe for a first-time smartphone buyer there’s a reason to consider BB10, but I’m not sure there’s anything that’d force people to give up their investment in apps on another platform.
One huge win, in my opinion, is that they also announced that Skype will be on BB10. It hadn’t seemed like it’d happen a while ago, which would have been a big negative; at least it’s a negative for my Playbook.
The difficulty, that I think we need to keep in perspective, is that this is the very first version of a brand new mobile OS (we won’t count the Playbook). I think it’s pretty impressive how good the first version looks. Only time will tell how good the platform becomes. How quickly do they fix the bugs and refine the experience? How much top-tier developer support comes along?
These days, a mobile platform is so much more than just the OS. I’d argue it’s much more about the apps. Of the time I’m actively using my iPhone, I’m sure I spend way more time in 3rd party apps than anything written by Apple.
Look how long Google has been working on Android. I think they’ve hit parity with iOS in many ways, but I don’t see anything they have that’s clearly better than iOS.